Connecting Environment, Economy, and Community


A Walk in the Park: EarthWalk 2015



Bridging The Gap held our 19th Annual EarthWalk on Sunday, November 1 at Shawnee Mission Park. We kicked off the event at the gorgeous new pavilion new Theater in the Park.  The EarthWalk will certainly go down in our memories as the way we began the day that the Royals took the crown!  What a beautiful day it was, indeed!


Thanks to your generosity, we are able to continue our sustainability efforts in the metropolitan Kansas City area. Your donations stay local and help us plant trees, restore native prairies and forests, manage recycling programs, clean up litter from our neighborhoods, and so much more!


Congrats to the top fundraising team, led by our furry pal Sam Lehrbaum. Sam led the WildLands team by pulling in a whopping $2,739!! Woof! Way to go!


With Gratitude,
Your Friends at Bridging The Gap


PS:  You can check out more photos of the day on our Facebook album EarthWalk 2015.






19th Annual Earthwalk

Sunday, November 1
Walker check-in starts at 12:15; walk starts at 1:00 pm
Shawnee Mission Park, Theater in the Park

7710 Renner Rd
Shawnee, KS 66217

Help raise funds for Bridging The Gap. Your tax-deductible donation supports tree plantings, wild land restoration, litter abatement, youth education, and so much more! Every walker that donates or raises $40 will receive an EarthWalk t-shirt.



Register to walk or donate to our event with our mobile crowdfunding platform (also accessible on desktop computers). Just text Earth to 71777 to donate to EarthWalk, or to register to walk.  Follow the screen prompts and you’ll be done in just a few simple steps!  (Remember to follow the link you automatically receive on your phone and create a password. Otherwise, you are not registered).  Then share, share, share!


If you prefer to use your desktop, use these links:

Click here to register to walk.  If you’d like to create a team, first register to walk, then set up or choose your team on the following screens.

Click here to donate to EarthWalk.  Click “make a donation”.


This is a crowdfunding site, so be sure to share your page with friends and family so they can donate or participate too!  Remember, each walker who raises $40 will get a commemorative EarthWalk t-shirt!



Walk with us on either the short route (1.4 miles total) or the full route (2.6 miles total).  The trail is asphalt – strollers are welcome.  We’ll journey through wooded areas, enjoy scenic views of Shawnee Mission Lake, and pass by Ogg Road Prairie which our Kansas City WildLands program has been working on restoring for 13 years!  Who knows, we might even see some wildlife!  Click here for the route pdf.

EW 2015 map route
















1. Dogs and strollers are welcome on the walk route
2. After the walk, walkers will enjoy live music from The Shortleaf Band, food and beverages.
3. Best team prize:  4 cases of beer, compliments of our friends at Boulevard Brewing Company.



Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks, including Walker Registration, Course Monitor, Course Chalking and Food Setup.  We also need an experienced BTG volunteer to manage our outreach table.  Shift length varies (depending on the job), and will be between the hours of 12:00 – 3:00 PM.  All volunteers must register in advance.  To sign up, contact Amy Smith, 816-561-1062 or email and mention your preferred volunteer task.




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Would your business would like to sponsor Bridging The Gap’s 19th Annual EarthWalk?  Please contact Kristin Riott, Executive Director, at 816-561-1061, ext. 106 or email